Contraceptives erase natural odor signals

There is a growing body of evidence that suggests birth control pills and other chemically-based contraceptives erase natural odor signals that help primates select a mate. Now it appears that both men and women are effected, according to a blog entry by Shirley Wang at WSJ.com … [Read more...]

Red light

It’s almost dark as I walk the dogs around the neighborhood. A light rain has just started to drip. It smells like it’s falling from a hot, dusty sky located way up above the cloud cover I’ve been under all day. I’ve spent enough time above the clouds staring out airplane windows that it’s easy to … [Read more...]

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The Scentinelle

My name is Genevive Bjorn, a nerdy science reporter. But that's just my day job. You see, I have a secret power that I hide from most people around me, a power of olfaction that I sometimes find hard to control. Call me the Scentinelle. It all started in August 2009 when I went to the Amazon … [Read more...]